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Byron smile 1FIVE RECENT CHANGES IN MODERN WORSHIP

In the last few decades I have witnessed great change in the Church’s attitude toward worship in at least in five ways:

1) There are new worship expressions, but also volatile worship wars.

2) There are new electronic media delivery systems for worship including Christian radio, TV, and the Internet with the accompanying questions raised about worship entertainment and commercialism.

3) There are new worship cultures (e.g., the Calvary Chapel movement, the Vineyard Church movement, the Hope Chapel network, the Willow Creek network, the HillSong Worship network, the Redeemer Presbyterian church network) and also controversial worship cultures (e.g., the House Church movement and the Emerging Church movement controversies).

4) There is a growing vision for worship as mission (worship evangelism, doxological worship, worship in missions, etc.), but new struggles for missionary worship specialists.

5) Worship is opening to all the arts, but there are controversies about the use of the arts in worship.

Yet, in spite of the amazing advances in the evangelical worship, encouraging vision for world missions, exciting inclusion of worship in growing church planting movements, and commitment by publishers of worship music to provide engaging, spirit-filled songs for “the church,” there still exists one major and glaring omission: Well-trained leadership. This is the need the Church must and, I believe, will address in the coming years.

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